The coronavirus pandemic has changed the daily routines and lives of many, as most states have enacted shelter-in-place orders or restrictions on in-person non-essential activities, including school and work. More people are now confined to their homes most of the time. There is also increasing collective anxiety over when things will return to “normal” and whether the spread of the virus will personally impact ourselves or someone we know. Spending more time at home has increased the need to rely on the Internet, smartphone apps, streaming, and online-based means of entertainment and information exchanges.
With the launch of Disney+ on Tuesday, November 12th, cord-cutters may be wondering if it is worth the cost of adding on another streaming service. The answer, of course, depends on content and budget. Disney+ is available by itself for just under $7 a month or $70 if you prepay for a year, according to Digital Trends. The streaming service is also available as part of a bundle that includes Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+ for $12.99 per month, reports ABC 7 News in Los Angeles.
Generation X witnessed one of the most progressive evolutions in home entertainment over the past few decades. Some of the milestones experienced by this generational cohort included the introduction of cable and satellite television, video game consoles, pay per view and on-demand television, and the rise of the Internet and streaming video services. While Generation X has seen some of the widest scopes of changes in technology and home entertainment, viewing live TV is still important to them.
High-speed internet is no longer considered a luxury. Instead, it has become a standard and necessity that continues to evolve both in terms of capacity and capability. As the use and adoption of broadband internet increases, new developments have emerged, such as localized community broadband initiatives, faster technology, and plans for reinventing and expanding existing technology.
From Elon Musk’s plans to launch a global satellite-based internet network to rural communities building broadband networks, the evolution of high-speed internet is being driven by social needs.
Public Wi-Fi networks are everywhere, making it convenient to go online when you’re away from home or traveling. From coffee shops and fast food restaurants to hotels and schools, public Wi-Fi networks are prevalent and easily accessible. Even though they offer quick convenience, they can present multiple security and privacy concerns.
While the broadband gap between rural and urban communities is well-known, the actual scope of the problem may be larger than previously reported by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A new report conducted by the private sector reveals the FCC’s number of those without access to broadband internet could be 20 million shy of reality. States with a higher concentration of rural communities tend to receive less funding for broadband infrastructure since these communities also tend to be overlooked.
The devices people use to stream movies, television shows, and videos is shifting away from larger television screens to smaller smartphone displays. Consumer research groups estimate that consumers will watch up to half of all television and on-demand content on mobile devices by 2020.
Senior citizen population percentages are beginning to increase in rural communities, according to studies by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. By comparison, the percentage of seniors living in rural areas surpasses the percentages in urban and suburban communities.
Rural seniors can face unique challenges that come from living independently in areas without the same resources as suburbs and major cities.
Did you know you can turn your smartphone into a mobile hotspot? A hotspot allows you to connect a laptop or tablet to the internet when you’re away from home or not close to a location with Wi-Fi service. Once you enable a mobile hotspot on a smartphone, it uses the cellular network to send out a Wi-Fi signal so other devices can connect.